Endoscopic Spine Surgery (ESS)

Who are we ?

PD Dr med Antonio A. Faundez

PD Dr med Antonio A. Faundez attended primary and secondary school in Carouge before entering the School of Medicine of Geneva in 1989 from which he graduated in September 1995.

He began training in Orthopedic Surgery in 1996 and did a year of fundamental research in the neuromuscular research laboratory at the University of Geneva (Prof Charles Bader & Prof Laurent Bernheim). He received the Riotton Prize from the Faculty of Medicine for his research work in 2004 (MD thesis).

He followed most of his training in the Unit of Professor Pierre Hoffmeyer at the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) and received the title of specialist FMH in Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology  in 2005.

In 2001 Dr Faundez did a spine surgery fellowship with Professor Everard Munting at the Cliniques  Universitaires Saint Luc in Brussels and then a fellowship at the prestigious Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis USA, from 2004 to 2005.

In parallel, he is an active member of Eurospine, the European spine society, where he chaired the patient information committee (Patientline) and was a member of the Education Committee (EduCom) until 2019. He is still a faculty member and teaches during Eurospine training courses. He is also a member of the Swiss Spine Society (SGS).

In January 2013, he left his position as Assistant of the Professor of the Orthopedic Surgery Unit, where he developed complex spinal surgery, to begin a private practice at the La Tour Hospital Campus. He remains a consultant to the HUG and participates in the training of residents and students of the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Faundez remains active in clinical research, for instance in collaboration with the HUG. He is president of the FASTER Foundation, which funds clinical research projects and promotes teaching on sagittal balance of the spine. He is the author of several book chapters and scientific publications in peer reviewed journals (bibliography). In 2021, he obtained the acamedic title of Privat Docent, an equivalent of associated professor, at the Geneva School of Medicine.

Dr. Faundez practices at La Tour Hospital.